In the near future, Berlin’s real estate is being flipped in the name of “sustainability,” only to make the city even more unaffordable; artists are employed by corporations as consultants, and the weather is acting strange. When Anja and Louis are offered a rent-free home on an artificial mountain?yet another eco-friendly initiative run by a...Read more »
A People's Future of the United States
Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers
By Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Dani Martineck, Roxana Ortega, William DeMeritt, Prentice Onayemi, Paul Boehmer, Soneela Nankani, Adenrele Ojo, N'Jameh Camara, Vikas Adam, Darrell Dennis, Nancy Wu & Various
Length: 15 hours 1 minutes
A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and envision new futures for America—from N. K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Jamie Ford, G. Willow Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders, Hugh Howey, and more.
In these tumultuous times, in our deeply divided country, many people are angry, frightened, and hurting. Knowing that... Read more »
Parable of the Sower
Earthseed: Book #1
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future. As with Kindred and her other critically-acclaimed novels, Parable of the Sower skillfully combines startling visionary and socially realistic concepts. God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose... Read more »
“Candace Chen is a first-generation Chinese millennial immigrant who tries to make a life in New York City by succumbing to the role of the office drone who helps create cheap bibles. But when Shen Fever—a plague that causes its victims to perform a rote task until death—hits, only a few survive, including Candace. She soon finds herself in a cult-like band of other survivors heading to the Midwest while also trying to come to terms with her past and the unknowns of her future. With dark humor, sharp intelligence, and compassion, Ling Ma has written a well-constructed, biting satire of capitalism and a moving glimpse into the roles of memory, place, and identity in a life.”Kelsey Westenberg, The Dial Bookshop
Leave the World Behind
If you enjoyed A Children's Bible, then you’ll love Leave the World Behind.
“Riveting! I hurried through this apocalyptic novel about two families thrown together during an earth shattering event. Alam builds tension even during a relaxing family day at the beach and expertly paces the reader through idle, dreamy stages and amps up the speed during stressful times. A thought-provoking study of humanity.”Melanie, The Well-Read Moose
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
“Janina is an eccentric middle-aged woman who translates William Blake, studies astrology, and is acutely attuned to the wilderness around her in rural Poland. When hunters and poachers begin to be gruesomely murdered, Janina informs the police that the animals are responsible. As the bodies mount, so does her involvement with the mystery, although her status as a crank and possible madwoman ensures that she’s ignored. This is an extraordinary and disturbing tale — a mystery that becomes more complex as the story continues, accompanied by Janina’s often witty observations on man, nature, justice, and identity. The ending of this hard-to-categorize novel, a finalist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, will knock the breath out of you. Don’t miss this excellent translated work from an award-winning writer!”Cindy Pauldine, The River's End Bookstore
The Girl in Red
“When people started getting sick, Red started getting ready. A fan of horror stories and survivalist tales, she thought she knew what it would take to keep herself and her family safe. Unfortunately, her parents and older brother weren’t inclined to take her advice. And so she finds herself in the woods, hatchet in hand and backpack on, slowly making her way to her grandmother’s house all alone. The Girl in Red is Christina Henry’s (Alice, Lost Boy) retelling of a classic folktale, in which Little Red Riding Hood is not as defenseless as she seems. A fascinating reimagining, placing ability at the heart of the tale. While Red is strong of mind, body, and spirit, she continues to put one foot in front of the other, letting nothing and no-one stand in her way, and facing the lengths she would go to in order to protect herself and those more vulnerable than her, in order to make it to her grandmother’s house alive.”BrocheAroe, River Dog Book Co.
Native Tongue: Book #1
“While one may certainly choose to read this classic feminist SF work in its recent print reprint edition, I strongly endorse enjoying this work about language and its ability to not just reflect culture and reality, but actually form it, via its audio incarnation. While listening / rereading, I noted on social media, “Me reading NATIVE TONGUE back in the mid-80's -- ooh, disturbing but unlikely. Me rereading now -- damn, triggering!” I hope some of the current difficult conversations in our own timeline will lead to a future in which women don’t need to create Láadan. Recommend the trilogy to readers of all genres, with caution for some dated concepts.”Maryelizabeth, Creating Conversations